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Heitkamp Sits In On Narcotics Task Force Meeting

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Prescription drug abuse is the most rapidly growing drug problem facing the country according to Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

This afternoon Heitkamp sat in on a Narcotics Task Force meeting to discuss prescription drug abuse problems in North Dakota and ways to address those problems.

Heitmamp says take back programs are beneficial in getting rid of old unused prescription drugs, but she says she hopes something can be done to reduce the number of pills subscribed to patients.

<<"We all have you know I've had my wisdom teeth out or I've had rotator cuff surgery done and they prescribed 40 of these I took one and that was adequate and now I've got a drawer full of you know every time something like this happened I got another prescription, that's why the take back program is important but it would be nice if there wasn't a lot of product out there to take back," Senator Heidi Heitkamp said.>>

Heitkamp says fighting drug abuse is one of her priorities in North Dakota.

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